7 days in Waco & Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

7 days in Waco & Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

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7 days in Waco & Texas Gulf Coast Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Waco
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  6​h
2
Port Aransas
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
South Padre Island
— 1 night
+4
shuttle + foot + Fly + foot + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
4
Galveston, Galveston Island
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
5
Houston
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

1
night
Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): examine the collection at Waco Mammoth National Monument and then experience the excitement of Brazos Bluffs Stables. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Cameron Park Zoo, then get curious at Mayborn Museum Complex, and then look for gifts at Magnolia Market at the Silos.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Waco trip planner .

Atlanta to Waco is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Waco due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in June, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Port Aransas.

Things to do in Waco

Outdoors Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo
Mayborn Museum Complex ©
Mayborn Museum Complex
Magnolia Market at the Silos ©
Magnolia Market at the Silos

1
day
Port Aransas

Port Aransas ©
Port Aransas is a city in Nueces County, Texas. On the 4th (Tue), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by Gratitude, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Port Aransas Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Port Aransas trip builder app .

You can drive from Waco to Port Aransas in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Waco in June: highs in Port Aransas hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Port Aransas

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Port Aransas Beach ©
Port Aransas Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gratitude ©
Gratitude

1
night
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., and finally look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the South Padre Island trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Port Aransas to South Padre Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in South Padre Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Galveston.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
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Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
day
Galveston, Galveston Island

An old colonial city and a busy cruise ship port less than an hour's drive from Houston, Galveston sits on Galveston Island and serves as a popular vacation destination for both domestic and international travelers.
On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the extensive heritage of The Seawall, admire the natural beauty at Moody Gardens, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galveston vacation maker app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from South Padre Island to Galveston takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Galveston can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Houston.

Things to do in Galveston

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Moody Gardens ©
Moody Gardens
The Seawall ©
The Seawall

2
nights
Houston

Houston ©
Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
On the 7th (Fri), examine the collection at Space Center Houston, then admire the sheer force of Water Wall, and then get your game on at The Escape Game Houston. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Minute Maid Park and then get curious at The Houston Museum of Natural Science.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Houston trip planner .

You can drive from Galveston to Houston in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in June, and nighttime lows around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums Childrens Museums Fun & Games
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The Houston Museum of Natural Science ©
The Escape Game Houston ©
The Escape Game Houston
Water Wall ©
Water Wall

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